Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher
Fort Fisher, NE Bastion. Frank Vizetelly (National Geographic)

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

150 Years Ago-- January 7-8, 1864

JANUARY 7, 1864: The USS Montgomery and USS Aries chased the blockade-runner Dare ashore at North Inlet, SC. Unable to refloat it, they burned the ship. // The USS San Jacinto captured schooner Roebuck at sea, bound from Havana to Mobile. There was also a USS Roebuck operating in the Gulf of Mexico at the time and that would have been interesting if the USS Roebuck captured the blockade-runner Roebuck. //// JANUARY 8, 1864: Captain Semmes in the CSS Alabama noted in his journal that he identified himself as the USS Dacotah to an English bark and in search of the CSS Alabama. No doubt he enjoyed it when the bark's master replied: "It won't do; the Alabama is a bigger ship than you, and they say she is iron-plated besides." That sure would have helped him if he had been when the Alabama met the USS Kearsarge six months later. // USS Kennebec chased blockade-runner John Scott off Mobile for 8 hours and captured her, carrying a cargo of cotton and turpentine. Found on board was the ship's pilot, William Norval, well-known for his skills. He was arrested and sent to New Orleans and imprisoned. Take away the pilots and hurt the trade. //// --Old B-R'er

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